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The world’s $58 billion scam of Africa

The world’s $58 billion scam of Africa

Palesa Mazamisa*   Leaders like British Prime Minister David Cameron have said that aid sceptics are wrong. Aid is essential. Conditions on the African continent demonstrate that perhaps aid in its current form is wrong. In fact, aid blinds us to the fleecing of the continent. ‘The idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.’ This statement opens the July 2014 Health Poverty Action report Honest Accounts: The … Read entire article »

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Remarks by the President in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Remarks by the President in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Hello, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.) Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  We’re just getting started here.  Well, hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Welcome to Washington.  I know most of you are visiting our country for the first time.  So on behalf of the American people, welcome to the United States of … Read entire article »

Rwanda to unveil first utility-scale solar project in the region

Rwanda to unveil first utility-scale solar project in the region

By Claudia Gasana* Rwanda is set to unveil the first utility-scale solar PV power plant in the region early August 2014. The project, with a capacity of 8.5 MW has commenced its testing phase of up to 20 percent of its total capacity. Generation and provision of electricity to all Rwandans is a priority for the Government of Rwanda. At present, less than one … Read entire article »

Obama To Rename Africa Young Leaders Program For Nelson Mandela

Obama To Rename Africa Young Leaders Program For Nelson Mandela

By NEDRA PICKLER*   President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is “crippling” development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging young leaders from the continent to empower women. Obama pointed to an inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the … Read entire article »

Diplomacy: Peace accords, but the puzzle still perplexes

Diplomacy: Peace accords, but the puzzle still perplexes

By Josaphat Musamba Bussy and Christoph Vogel in Goma* Despite the peace deals signed in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, problems related to Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda remain unresolved. A series of largely unconnected regional political challenges has created stumbling blocks for the government in Kinshasa and the region’s diplomats. Conflict with Uganda revolves around the presence of Alliance of Democratic Forces-National Army for the … Read entire article »

Education:Massive teacher shortage on the horizon

Education:Massive teacher shortage on the horizon

By Tsigue Shiferaw* Sub-Saharan Africa is about to face a major shortage of teachers, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). UNESCO’s newly released data show that about one third of the countries in the region will face pressure in the coming years to hire more teachers due to a rising demand for education from an increasing school-age population. As a … Read entire article »

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Graduates Its First Class

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Graduates Its First Class

The ceremony awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT) Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda (http://www.cmu.edu)  is proud to announce that its first class in Africa graduated on 24 July, 2014. The ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT). The graduation underscores Carnegie Mellon University … Read entire article »

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon vice PM

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon vice PM

Three die as wife taken in attack on politician’s home, while local religious leader captured in separate raid.   The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister, Amadou Ali, has been kidnapped and at least three other people have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram fighters on Ali’s home in the northern town of Kolofata, officials have said. A local religious leader and mayor, … Read entire article »

Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

By Peter Jones* Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining. Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land and some 70 percent of the population works in farming but most … Read entire article »

Dark continent? How Africa’s communications revolution is eroding bad press

Dark continent? How Africa’s communications revolution is eroding bad press

By Joan Mower* Is the news media killing American investment in Africa? Perhaps — but the tide is turning. Africans have long complained about the media’s negative bias towards their continent, and a quick Google search of top stories out of Africa lately confirms the thesis that “if it bleeds, it leads.” Ebola, Boko Haram and ethnic violence in South Sudan and Central … Read entire article »